Corruption: Where in the World Are You?

Regular readers will know that here on Bobinoz we like nothing more than a survey, poll or report, especially if it ends up with a league table like list. Nothing is more perfect, is it, than putting things in order.

We have featured plenty such lists before, including:

All of the above posts involve surveys or polls, and most importantly, each ended up with some kind of league table. Today I am privileged to present a new list on a subject we haven’t yet covered on this website.


Which is the world’s most corrupt country? Which country is the globes goody two shoes? Together we will find out. The people over at Transparency International have put together what they call the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013.

They have listed 177 countries in all and the index “ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.” You can check out all of them at a glance with this fantastic map provided courtesy of Transparency International:

I thought it might be a good idea to list the top 10 nations that currently read this website, they are:

Australia; United Kingdom; United States; India; Canada; Singapore; New Zealand; Malaysia, South Africa and the Philippines.

Are these countries dodgy? Or not. Here’s how they fared

  • New Zealand: joint first with 91 points
  • Singapore: joint fifth with 86 points
  • Australia and Canada: joint ninth with 81 points
  • United Kingdom: 14th with 76 points
  • USA: 19th with 73 points
  • Malaysia: joint 53rd with 50 points
  • South Africa: 72nd with 42 points
  • India and the Philippines: joint 94th with 36 points

Other points of interest in this report were that Denmark was the other joint leader; Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands were the other countries to make the top 10.

Ireland was down in 21st, one place ahead of France; Spain, Italy and Greece are three popular holiday destinations for Europeans that could have done better than their respective 40th, 69th and 80th.

No prizes for guessing that Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia shared the bottom spot.

So, Australia did okay, maybe they could have done better if they’d have bunged someone a fiver.

To find out where in the world you are, and more, visit Transparency International.

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  • Rupert December 10, 2013, 5:54 pm |

    Australia would have fared better if the police here didn’t have the powers they currently have to fine people for minor traffic offences. As soon as you give cops the power to raise revenue enforcing RIDICULOUS road traffic offences, you are opening up the system to a huge can of corruption. It is well-known and well-documented that the police in NSW and Victoria are not exactly squeaky clean. Australia could do better on that score.

    • BobinOz December 11, 2013, 12:20 am |

      When you have been caught Rupert, have you tried slipping them 50 bucks? That’s the real measure of corruption 🙂

      I know what you mean though, traffic offence fines are quite steep here, but I’m not sure we can call it corruption if a) a crime has been committed and b) a statutory fine issued.

      Happens all the time in most countries.

  • WA December 5, 2013, 4:17 pm |

    The title is when or where in the world are you 🙂

    • BobinOz December 5, 2013, 4:33 pm |

      Oops! Well spotted, thanks for letting me know 🙂 I always proof read, but sometimes completely forget to look at the title.

      I’ve changed it now,

      Cheers, Bob

      • WA December 5, 2013, 4:35 pm |

        You welcomed 🙂 .

        Cheers, WA

  • jag December 5, 2013, 12:34 am |

    India is most corrupted country all over the world.You have to bribe for everything from to get a job to admisdion a child to a school..

    • BobinOz December 5, 2013, 2:56 pm |

      That’s very sad. According to the stats though, there are worse places and that is even sadder.

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